Nashville Grizzlies to play home opener against Chicago Dragons Nov. 11


The Nashville Grizzlies Rugby Football Club will play their first home match against the Chicago Dragons Rugby Football Club on November 11 at 11 a.m. at  Natchez Field on the Vanderbilt campus.

Organized in March, the Grizzlies are Nashville’s first rugby team predominantly made up of gay men. The club already boasts a membership of 28 players. Earlier this season, the Grizzlies played the Charlotte Royals and the Atlanta Bucks. A match with the Minneapolis Mayhem is scheduled for the spring in Minneapolis.

Grizzlies President Doug Sladen invites the community to come to the match and support the team: “We’d love to have a big crowd at the match cheering us on for our home opener. You’ll have a great time and admission is free.”

Rugby has become one of the fastest growing sports among gay men across the country since the nation became aware that Mark Bingham, a member of the San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club, was one of the heroes of United Flight 93 that was highjacked by terrorists on September 11. 

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